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U.S. approves sale of six P-8I Poseidon base patrol aircraft to India

U.S. approves sale of six P-8I Poseidon base patrol aircraft to India
The Indian Navy will be replenished with six more base patrol aircraft Boeing P-8I Poseidon in the near future (Indian name – Neptune). The sale of aircraft has already been approved by the US State Department.

The planned delivery of six aircraft will go through the Foreign Military Sales program. (FMS). The total cost of delivery will be 2,42 billion dollars. Armament is not included in the delivery.

Currently, the Indian Navy already has nine P-8I base patrol aircraft., eight of which were received between 2012 by 2015 year. All of them are part of the 312th Squadron of Indian Naval Aviation. Another one is in service with the 315th Naval Aviation Squadron of the Navy, he is the first of four P-8I aircraft, ordered in 2016 year with delivery to the end 2022 of the year.

In June 2019 Indian Ministry of Defense approves the acquisition of ten more US base patrol aircraft P-8I Neptune for the Indian Navy, however, their number was subsequently reduced to six.

Since the planes are delivered unarmed, last year, the Indian Navy requested the United States to sell ten Boeing AGM-84L Harpoon Block II anti-ship missiles and 16 anti-submarine torpedoes Raytheon Mk 54 LWT caliber 324 mm (+ 5 practical torpedoes for training).

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